The Melbourne Recital Centre and theMelbourne Symphony Orchestra’s fifth collaboration of theMetropolis New Music Festival will bring new and exhilarating works to the Centrethat pulse to the beat of city life. The Festival showcases the best interpreters of new music in Australia in adazzling overview of state of the art contemporary music.
Melbourne Recital Centre Director of Artistic Planning, Marshall McGuire says, “Melbourne Recital Centreand the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) are at the geographical and spiritual heart of music-makingin this city, so it’s a delight to explore the energy and excitement of the metropolis in this year’s Festival. Theborders between ‘classical’ and ‘pop’ music have never been more blurred, and this year we travel from theclub to street to the concert hall, with artists like Nicole Lizée, Jess Ribeiro, The Song Company, CamButler, and a host of brilliant musicians.”
Dynamic American conductor and pianist Robert Spano, music director of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra hasprogrammed three concerts, in which he will conduct the MSO. The series of three MSO concerts opens witha celebration of two great American cities in City Life. Composer Michael Daugherty depicts Los Angeles’famous Sunset Strip in his work of the same name and Steve Reich conveys the urgent restlessness of hishome, New York City, in City Life. Completing the program is music from Unsuk Chin and a new work fromthe Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers program.
Cityscapes takes listeners on a musical journey through city streets across the ages, from 17th centurycomposer Orlando Gibbons’ Cries of London to Berio’s work of the same name. Closing the MSO’s series ofconcerts is a program devoted to cities of the imagination with works including Messiaen’s Couleurs de la citécéleste. The highlight of this concert is the world premiere of Australian Barry Conyngham’s Diasporas.
Ronald Vermeulen, Director of Artistic Planning at the MSO said: “The concerts that we have programmedreflect the diversity of new music that has been created in, and inspired by, the cities that we live in across theworld.”
Metropolis New Music Festival
9 – 21 May 2016
Melbourne Recital Centre
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